Are housing and real estate becoming weapons in national immigration debate?

September 17, 2007
by Kenneth R. Harney
     Housing is becoming a key tactical weapon in dozens of communities seeking to reduce the number of undocumented resident aliens, according to a new study. During the past 24 months, immigration-control ordinances in 104 cities and counties in 28 states have either been proposed or adopted. Of the 104, 43 included rental restrictions that threatened to penalize landlords for knowingly -- or innocently -- leasing space to undocumented individuals.